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I’ve noticed an interesting thing while watching Japanese TV with my wife. We like to watch certain variety shows together (which are very common in Japan, unlike American TV). And sometimes, they have foreign guests. Either Hollywood actors, or famous … Continue reading
A few years ago, when I was living in Ireland, we had a Japanese friend who was Japanese (“R-chan”) and she knew a lot about Cherry blossoms. It was spring in Ireland and we saw some cherry blossoms in the … Continue reading
Recently I found an interesting article on the Guardian UK about the longest living man in the world. The man, Jiroemon Kimura in Osaka, Japan, was alive in the late 1800′s and still in good health. The secret, as he … Continue reading
Here’s a nice haiku I found, courtesy of KyotoDailyPhoto and composed by Kobayashi Issa: 片隅の Katasumi no 天神さまも Tenjinsama mo うめの花 Ume no hana Which is translated in English as: Even the heavenly gods crowd ’round plum blossoms Happy Spring … Continue reading
Recently I discovered some photos I took last year in June. That day, I discovered an old map from 1942 and took some photos. This was a “war-time” map made in 1942 from Ontario, CA, so the emphasis is on … Continue reading
Hi all, My family and I have a small Sunday-afternoon tradition1 we have followed for years. Around 3:45 in the afternoon, we gather in the living and watch a wonderful cartoon called Chibi Marukochan, which is now celebrating it’s 20th … Continue reading
Today is the 2nd anniversary of the Japan Earthquake. I didn’t feel I could write anything special, because many other people have written much better things. So, instead, I wanted to show people how the Tohoku Region of Japan is … Continue reading
Hi all, Last year, I posted about a mystery from the 8th century involving a sudden increase in Carbon-14 particles found in trees during the years of 774-775. Something hit the Earth with a powerful burst of energy that last … Continue reading
Girls’ Day in Japan or hinamatsuri (ひな祭り) is coming up on March 3rd as it does every year. Girls’ Day is famous for the doll sets that parents setup for their kids. I didn’t realize this until recently, but traditionally … Continue reading